I crossed the Rubicon on the fourteenth day Of the most dangerous month of the year At the worst time, at the worst place That's all I seem to hear I got up early So I could greet the goddess of the dawn I painted my wagon, abandoned all hope And I crossed the Rubicon
Well, the Rubicon is a red river Goin' gently as she flows Redder than your ruby lips And the blood that flows from the rose Three miles north of purgatory One step from the great beyond I prayed to the cross, I kissed the girls And I crossed the Rubicon
What are these dark days I see? In this world so badly bent I cannot redeem the time The time so idly spent How much longer can it last? How long can it go on? I embrace my love Put down my hair And I crossed the Rubicon
I can feel the bones beneath my skin And they're tremblin' with rage I'll make your wife a widow You'll never see old age Show me one good man in sight That the sun shines down upon I pawned my watch, I paid my debts And I crossed the Rubicon
Put my hide up on a hill Where some happiness I'll find If I survive, then let me love Let the hour be mine Take the high road, take the low Take any one you're on I poured the cup, I passed it along And I crossed the Rubicon
Well, you defiled the most lovely flowers In all her womanhood Others can be tolerant Others can be good I'll cut you up with a crooked knife Lord, and I'll miss you when you're gone I stood between heaven and earth And I crossed the Rubicon
You won't find any happiness here No happiness or joy Go back to the gutter, try your luck Find you some nice pretty boy Tell me how many men I need And who can I count upon I strapped my belt, I buttoned my coat And I crossed the Rubicon
I feel the holy spirit inside See the light that freedom gives I believe it's in the reach of Every man who lives Keep as far away as possible It's darkest 'fore the dawn (oh, Lord) I turned the key, I broke it off And I crossed the Rubicon
Mornin' baby, I used to look my mind I truly believe that you are Couldn't be anybody else but you Who's come with me this far The killing frost is on the ground And the autumn leaves are gone I lit the torch, I looked to the east And I crossed the Rubicon
Writer/s: Bob Dylan
Publisher: AUDIAM, INC
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Mr C from IreTypically people are received into the RC on Easter which for a period in early Christianity was 14 April(t.s Eliot - cruelest month). But it is really the embrace of the female in each verse (very Marian) and how the distain for his action 'abondoned all hope' would be perceived. And of course the title Crossing to Rome taken a face value. My reading may at least give Dylan fans a giggle.
It's a wonderful work
Mr. C from IreProbably reading too much into the song but if became an RC theologically it wouldn't surprise me.
Mary Bishop from Easton MarylandGreat song, so much meaning.